24,583 people at Flemington races were left spellbound on Saturday as Black Caviar crushed her rivals in another breathtaking display of power sprinting to land the Newmarket Handicap, writes Darryl Sherer, ANZ Bloodstock News.
THE opportunity to see the world’s fastest racehorse, Black Caviar, in action – albeit for fewer than 70 seconds – next Saturday at Flemington will make the cost of the entrance ticket worth every cent, writes Andrew Eddy in the Sunday Age.
Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) has been allocated top weight of 58kg for the Newmarket Handicap (Group 1, 1200m) on March 12. The undefeated four-year-old mare will have to create history if she is to extend her unbeaten run in the feature Group 1, as the highest weighted mare to win the Newmarket in that last 100 years was Maybe Mahal who carried 56.5kg to victory in 1978.
The Melbourne Premier Sale’s reputation as the source of the World’s best sprinters was further underlined as Black Caviar left onlookers searching for superlatives with her Lightning Stakes win on Saturday.
All eyes were clearly focused on Black Caviar last weekend, writes Darryl Sherer, and while she was in a class of her own in the Lightning Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m) there was also another impressive performance from an unbeaten female at Flemington.